SPECIAL EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
SENIOR CENTER MONTH ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Wednesday, September 7 at 3:00pm.September is national "Senior Center Month." Come out and celebrate Senior Center Month as well as help kick-off our fall schedule of activities. Sponsored by Carillon Assisted Living, we'll have an ice cream sundae buffet as well as opportunities to enroll in various programs and classes being offered. The event is free and open to all interested older adults.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, September 7 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
WALK-ABOUTS OUTING: Thursday, September 8. The Walk-Abouts will meet at Granite Lake Park at 9:00am. After the walk, the group will meet at M & K Barbeque for a Dutch treat breakfast. Please call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 with any questions, and to register.
6th ANNUAL LOCAL HEROES LUNCHEON: On Friday, September 9 the Senior Center will provide a complimentary lunch from 11:30am - 1:30pm for local fire-fighters, law enforcement personnel, and EMT's in memory of 9-11 victims, and in honor of these special community servants. Individuals are invited to: 1) sponsor one or more of these heroes with $5 donations to help cover the cost of the luncheon provided by local caterer Debbie Suggs; 2) make and bring homemade desserts for the event; and/or 3) volunteer to serve, wait tables, and clean-up the day of the event. Monetary donations can be left at the Front Desk or mailed to the Center at 1120 S. MLK, Jr. Avenue, Salisbury, NC 28144. Desserts can be dropped off on Wednesday before the event at the Center. Volunteers agreeing to work the event are asked to register in advance at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Any funds received in excess of expenses will be donated to the United Way Campaign in honor of these local heroes.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 IS "PATRIOTS DAY," AND ALSO "NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY." PLEASE HONOR OUR COMMUNITY'S PUBLIC SERVANTS AS WELL AS OUR GRANDPARENTS, THE GUARDIANS AND TEACHERS OF OUR SOCIETIAL VALUES.
CULTURAL CROSSROADS - PUERTO RICO: Tuesday, September 13 at 2:00pm. Join us for a presentation on Puerto Rico by Sally Greer, a native born Puerto Rican. She will share history, facts, and stories along with an interactive display. Authentic Puerto Rican snacks will be provided by Brookdale Senior Living. Free to those who register in advance at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.
HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB: Wednesday, September 14 at 2:00pm. We'll hear from Dr. William Erwin, Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident, from the Hefner VA Medical Center. His topic will be, "Stroke: What You Need to Know." Dr. Erwin will be discussing the signs and symptoms of stroke, what to do when you feel someone is having a stroke, and ways to prevent a stroke. The Health & Fitness Club is open to all older adults who are interested in improving their health and learning about health related issues. Please call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 for more information.
NATIONAL FALLS PREVENTION DAY EVENT: Tuesday, September 20 at 9:00am. Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly-in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially. Each year, the National Council on Aging celebrates National Falls Prevention Day to provide education and awareness about falls. Genesis Rehab Services will be providing education on fall prevention, free equipment checks, and balance screenings. Stop in and learn how you can prevent falls. To register contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
BRAIN GRAMES: Wednesday, September 21 at 2:00pm. Toi N. Degree, a Family & Consumer Education Agent with Rowan County Cooperative Extension will be presenting on nutrition and brain health. She will be talking about different foods and the benefits they have for overall health, but specifically what foods you should consume for optimum brain health. Please register in advance at the Front Desk, or by calling 704-216-7714.
ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP IN ROWAN COUNTY: Thursday, September 22 at 5:30pm. Please join us for a light meal, featured speakers and time to share thoughts, feelings and tips on caring for ourselves and our loved ones with dementia. Affiliated with the Western NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support group is facilitated by Home Instead Senior Care and Trinity at Home. For additional information, contact Teresa Dakins at 704-603-2778 or Deborah Tillman at 704-603-2779.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB OUTING - LINVILLE FALLS TRAIL: Friday, September 23. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:15am. The group will be carpooling. Bring water, a bag lunch, insect repellant, and $3.00 to help drivers with gas. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.
BUS TRIP TO GREENSBORO BARN DINNER THEATRE: Tuesday, September 27. Motor coach transportation leaves the Senior Center at 11:30 am for the Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro to see "The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What?" This show is a musical comedy that salutes those valiantly struggling with divorce on their hands, gravity on their bodies, grandchildren on their self-image, and the dating scene on their egos. This entertaining musical about those facing a host of midlife crises takes a humorous and heartfelt look at the day-to-day concerns of the over-fifty "empty-nester" crowd including everything from retirement to AARP, dating to divorce, plastic surgery, and grandparenting. A buffet dinner is included and will be served before the show. The cost is $65.00 per person, which includes transportation, lunch, performance, and tips.
The Barn Dinner Theatre has a Business Casual dress code. They ask for no T-shirts, shorts, ball caps, jeans or sneakers. If this is a problem due to medical conditions, please speak to Cindy Nimmer at the Front Desk.
Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. You can pay by credit card, cash or check.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, September 7 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.
WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, September 28 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00pm. This month's feature is "Love and Friendship." It is based on the Jane Austen book "Lady Susan." Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica. Rated PG. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy free, shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. (Motion picture license #12137390).
NEW CLASSES & WORKSHOPS THIS MONTH:
Advanced Beginners Bridge Lessons: Thursdays 10am - 11:45am September 1 - November 3.These lessons will center on the second textbook of the ACBL Bridge Series, for students who have completed the first book. Others may participate; it is recommended that they contact the teacher, Dick Brisbin, at 980-234-0373 to learn more about the experience level that is best suited for the class. The cost is $5 per lesson.
Bridge Lessons: Weekly two hour contract bridge classes will start on Friday, Sept 16 at 10:00am. Classes are for existing players (both rubber and beginner duplicate) who would like to modernize their game, improve their accuracy in bidding, and learn more about basic conventions. After a 3-week review of basic bridge, we discuss a particular convention and then have practice hands on that convention. Related conventions are discussed and played over several weeks. When that group is completed, we have two "smorgasbords" where these related conventions are mixed together so you can't exactly predict what is represented by the class hands. Each lesson is stand-alone, but we recommend that you take the entire block as related conventions work together to achieve accurate bidding. Please contact Harold or Carol Winecoff (704-857-2770 or WNCFbrdg@carolina.rr.com) or Rufty-Holmes Senior Center for more information. Registration is required for planning purposes.
Cuddle Quilt Workshop: Thursday, September15 at 9:30 am. Provided free by the Sunny Days Quilters. Contact our Front Desk at 704-216-7714 for questions and to register.
Genealogy 101 Workshop: Thursday, September 15 at 2:00pm. Am I too old to trace my family's genealogy? The answer is a resounding NO. Come join us for an introduction into basic Genealogy. Discover what it is, what is involved, where the information lives, and what it looks like. We will also take a few minutes for an introduction into DNA Testing. Every family has a unique and interesting story to tell. Come join us to get the key to your family's story. This workshop will be taught by Bob Bruce of The Genealogical Society of Rowan County. This program is free. Please register in advance at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.
Guitar Classes: Three new classes begin Monday, September 12. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:15pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either six-week course is $30 payable to the instructor on the first day of class. New members should bring a $10 material fee. For questions call Bob at 704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.
Handmade Cards Workshop: Tuesday, September 6 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade all occasion cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Members should register in advance by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
Intermediate Crochet: Starts Wednesday, September 7 at 9:00am. This class takes you beyond the basic stitches of crochet. You will be working on 1-3 projects that will teach you how to change yarn, weave in ends, increase and decrease stitches, and practice reading a pattern, practice new patterns and join seams. Please bring skein of yarn and crochet hook to first class. We will discuss further materials to bring for remaining classes. (No designer or fancy yarns). The instructor for this class is Cindy Nimmer. The cost for this class is $20. This class meets every Wednesday from 9:00am - 11:00am for four weeks. To register for this class call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
Medicare 101 Workshop: Thursday, September 29 at 7:00pm. The workshop will provide an overview of the Medicare program, what you need to know to enroll, and what resources and options are available. Conducted by the Center's Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), there is no charge to attend, but seating is limited. Call the Center's Front Desk at 704-216-7700 to pre-register.
Mind Aerobics Art Class: An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Each Monday from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.
Paint, Piddle & Draw: New session begins Tuesday, September 6. Led by Frances Driscoll, participants work on drawing and painting projects of their choosing with instructional support. Class meets from 9-11am each Tuesday. $10 per month payable to instructor. Participants must supply their own materials.
Stained Glass Classes: New eight-week classes begin September 12. For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections to choose from (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45pm - 8:45pm). Instructor is Mike Ziegler. $55 class fee payable to instructor plus materials. Register at the Front Desk, or by calling 704-216-7714. Space is limited.
Watercolor Painting: For intermediate and advanced students. Mondays 9:30am - 12:30pm meeting September 12 - November 14. Instructor will be Leslie Frontz. $36.00 registration fee to RCCC plus materials. Payment must be made at time of registration. Registration ends September 8 or when full. Space is limited.
NEW COMPUTER CLASSES THIS MONTH:
You must be registered with the Center and pay the class fee at the Front Desk. Registration is required. Classes are taught by Debbie Lesley.
Facebook: Don't Be Afraid: Wednesday, September 7 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Wondering what happened to that best friend from high school? How about that next door neighbor from ten years ago? Wouldn't it be great to know what your niece's children are doing? Well, it is all available to you through Facebook! Come learn how to set up your Facebook account, including security settings, then start looking for friends and family on Facebook. The class will also feature discussion of safety issues to consider when using Facebook. Registration is required. The fee is $10.
Googling Around: Wednesday, September 14 from 1:00pm-4:00pm. You hear the term "Google it" all the time, but what does it mean....what can you Google? What is Google----a noun, a verb? Come explore all that you can do with Google....you might be surprised where it can take you! Registration is required. The fee is $10.
Microsoft Word: Tuesday, September 20 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Microsoft is the word processing (or typing) program used by most people. It offers so much that, when people look at it, they are confused. So, come learn ways to make your letters more professional, your flyers more exciting, and your family newsletters more fun. We will look at what you need to get started as we create some products using some very basic skills. Registration is required. The fee is $10.
NEW GENTLE BEGINNERS EXERCISE CLASS: Begins Friday, September 23 at 11:30am. Fall is a great time to start an exercise program. If you haven't been exercising recently, or have been meaning to start exercising again, then this once a week, forty-five minute class is for you. Held for five consecutive weeks, the class will be led by Fitness Trainer Angela Hendrix. There is no charge for the class, but voluntary contributions are accepted. Please stop by the Front Desk in advance of the class to fill out necessary fitness paperwork and to register. Call 704-216-7714 for more information.
ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.
CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Mondays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.
Senior Games shuffleboard will be held on Friday, September 2 from 8:30am - 11:30am.
Chair Volleyball is held each Monday, Wednesday & Friday afternoon at 1:00pm in the Rufty Fitness Annex.
IT'S PICNIC TIME: The Helen Rothrock Rufty Picnic Shelter Complex is available for reservation and use by senior groups free of charge. Contact the Senior Center office at 704-216-7714 for information.
CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH:
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am except September 5
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
Busy Bees Crafts Club - Thursday, September 1 at 9:30am
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, September 1 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, September 1 at 12:30pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, September 8 at 9:00am
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, September 8 at 6:30pm
Military Officers Association Meeting - Mon, September 12 at noon
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, September 12 at 2:00pm
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, September 14 at 1:00pm
Sunny Days Quilters Meeting - Thursday, September 15 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, September 15 at 6:30pm
Duke Energy Retirees - Friday, September 16 at 11:00am
NARFE - Monday, September 19 at 1:00pm
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, September 20 at noon
S-R Retired School Personnel - Wed, September 21 at 10:30am
Rowan County Council on Aging - Thurs, September 22 at 1:00pm
LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.
BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.
LISTEN TO "SENIOR MOMENTS" DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.
APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.
APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.
"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.
GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY, MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE # 1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252.
COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888.
SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY LOCAL OLDER ADULT WHO NEEDS HELP WITH PROGRAM FEES FOR CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES. NO ONE IS REFUSED PARTICIPATION BASED ON AN INABILITY TO PAY PROGRAM FEES. SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS IS PROVIDED BY THE CENTER AND THE FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. CONTACT ANY STAFF MEMBER FOR INFORMATION.
WANT TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR THANK YOU GIFT FOR THAT OLDER ADULT WHO ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING? STOP BY THE SENIOR CENTER OFFICE TO PURCHASE A DISCOUNT COUPON FOR A CLASS OR ACTIVITY OFFERED AT RUFTY-HOLMES.
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and all Lunch Clubs will be closed on Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day Holiday.